Challenges faced by European churches and society during the pandemic. Where does this lead us?

A World Council of Churches and Conference of European Churches online regional consultation on the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic

flyer of a WCC regional webinar of Europe

6 May 2021

16:00 - 17:30 (CEST)

15:00 - 16:30 (UK, Ireland, Portugal)

17:00 - 18:30 (EEST)

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The COVID-19 pandemic has not just revealed injustice, economic inequality and marginalization, but it has also changed the ways of ministry and mission. This regional online consultation aims to address the challenge of COVID-19 and to reflect on the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace (PJP) in the European context. This is an opportunity to reflect theologically, to engage with experts and local community organisations and advocates for justice and peace.

The consultation will allow participants to share their experiences of how churches across the continent are living out their commitment to the PJP in the context of COVID-19, focusing on:

  • Black and Minority Ethnic communities – a disproportionate impact?
  • The impact on people with disabilities
  • Health, anti-vaccine propaganda
  • Long term consequences – young people, mental health
  • The impact on children
  • Overview: COVID-19 as a disease of the poor and social/economic impacts
  • Poverty

Opening remarks: Archbishop emeritus Dr Anders Wejryd, Church of Sweden

Moderator: Dr Jørgen Skov Sørensen, general secretary, Conference of European Churches


- Heather Roy, general secretary, Eurodiaconia

- Peter Borcholt, WCC's Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network

- Father Stavros Kofinas, Coordinator of the Network of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Pastoral Health Care 

- Phillipe Cori, Deputy Regional Director (Europe and Central Asia), UNICEF

- Nicole Borisuk, International Academy for Diakonia and Social Action in Central and Eastern Europe (Interdiac) 

- Maria Sonnleithner, Ecumenical Youth Council in Europe  

- Richard Reddie, Director of Justice and Inclusion, Churches Together in Britain & Ireland (CTBI)

Closing remarks: Prof. Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, WCC deputy general secretary